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Saturday, 21 March 2020

The colours of spring

Hello crafting friends!

It's my third week Guest Designing with the talented ladies at Just Us Girls and it is such a pleasure! I was bowled over by all the fabulous techniques you used for last week's Black Background challenge and really enjoyed popping over to visit you all. This week, there's a fabulous colour challenge:


You can use any shade of yellow, blue and green! What do these colours say to you? They yelled SPRING at me, so out came the spring flowers:


I chose tulips and daffodils from Spring Tulips and Spring Daffodils by Clearly Besotted and used the flowers from Stampin' Up's Soft Spring to make Muscari. Parts of the stamps were inked up with a green marker and stamped along the bottom of a card panel, finishing by turning the stamp upside down and using the stems as 'grass'.


A little Shabby Shutters distress ink was sponged over the stems and then the flowers were coloured with alcohol markers.


I searched high and low for a happy mother's day greeting - I swear I had one! - before giving up and making my own from other sets, using a stamping platform and some sticky notes to mask parts of the stamps off. To finish, I sponged in a 'sky' with Tumbled Glass distress ink then used a Heffy Doodles stitched rectangle die to cut out the centre of the card before replacing it.


Now it's over to you! What will you create using these colours? The regular team at Just Us Girls have got loads of wonderful ideas to inspire you - pop over to have a look and you can link up there too :)

EDITED TO ADD AN AWARD
What a lovely surprise to find that this card won an Honourable Addict award at Addicted to Stamps and More!



CHALLENGES
I'm also linking my card up with The Flower Challenge where it's Anything Goes this month; with Stamping Sensations where the theme is Spring Flowers; and with Addicted to Stamps and More, where I'm playing along with this month's Anything Goes challenge.


AND IN OTHER NEWS
For those of you that think I'm getting a bit ahead of myself with this card, Mother's Day is on March 22nd in the UK this year. It is always celebrated three weeks before Easter Sunday and is linked to the Christian festival. It was called Mothering Sunday and was all about returning to the 'mother church' (the one you were baptised in or your local parish church) before it became associated with the idea of honouring mothers. Read more about it here including why it was also named Pudding Pie Sunday in some areas, or Sunday of the Five Loaves - and possibly still would be in this house if we could actually buy any food from our local supermarket!

Stay safe and well, and I'll see you soon,

31 comments:

  1. It's so nice to read reference to Mothering Sunday. As a child I went to a C of E school, the day before we (collective 'we' was the whole school of less than 20) went into the Vicarage grounds with the Rector and picked posies of Spring flowers to give to our Mums during Sunday service. The Rector repeatedly told us it was Mothering Sunday and should never be referred to in any other words, it stuck!

    So a beautiful Spring card Vicky and the pops of blue compliment the fresh yellows beautifully.

    B x

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    1. It's so interesting to see how things change over time isn't it. Love your whole school being less than 20 - I was one of the 12 pupils at my first school! x

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  2. A delightfully cheery Spring card for all the anxious mothers out there. Love it.

    xxx

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    1. Everything in nature is carrying on as usual :)
      xxx

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  3. OH! Spring for sure and so beautiful Vicky.
    I always say it's Mothering Sunday too. Shame it's been commercialised, but in other ways wonderful that Mothers are honoured too.
    Be safe and well.
    Faith x

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    1. I never realised why until I read up on it!
      You be safe and well too Faith x

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  4. Lovely card for the challenge Vicky, so happy to have you with us this month!

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    1. You're so kind Angie. Thanks for having me - I'm learning such a lot!

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  5. A really great creation, fabulous images and aa really super background.

    Kath x

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    1. Lots of inspiration out of the window Kath! x

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  6. Beautiful card Vicky and such lovely cheerful colouring of those fabulous spring flowers. Nice and sunny here but still very chilly. Hope you're keeping well xx

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    1. Thanks Andrea. I'll take sunny and cold any day over that grey rain! Hope you are doing ok too xx

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  7. Lovely card with the beautiful soft, blue sky.

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    1. Thanks Vicki! Have loved coming to see what the team has been up to!

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  8. A lovely Mothering Sunday card, the spring flowers are so pretty

    Thanks for joining us at Stamping Sensations this month

    Joan

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    1. Thanks Joan. Stamping Sensations was new to me but I will definitely be back!

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  9. Your card is lovely. Thanks for visiting my blog. :-)

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  10. Such a pretty card and sure to brighten anyone's day by just gazing at it. I bet we all wish we were laying in a field of tulips and daffodils.

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    1. Yes, in some kind of alternate universe with no viruses...
      Hope you are safe and well Nancy :)

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  11. Thanks so much for the reference to 'Mothering Sunday' Vicky. What a beautiful card you have made for this 'Special Day'. The flowers are so bright and cheerful, beautifully coloured and super blending of your sky. Even with my blending brushes I never get such an even look like you have. I am sure your card will brighten everyone's day that pops in to visit you.

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    1. Bless you Ina, what a compliment about the blending! Distress inks have changed my life - but I just use bits of sponge for blending them!

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  12. Lovely spring card Vicky. I cannot wait to see these flowers in my garden!

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    1. Mother Nature is doing her level best to cheer us all up Lisa and my garden is bursting with spring flowers :) Hope yours turn up soon!

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  13. Beautiful spring flowers! Such a cheerful card during this dismal time. Love the shading on the background sky. I love seeing those daffodils, they are my favorite flower!

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    1. Thanks Sue. Enjoy the spring display even if you do have to do so from indoors :/

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  14. Beautiful Spring card, Vicky, and a great way to use the colors.

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  15. pretty Spring cards...can't wait.
    Thanks for playing along with us at The Flower Challenge.
    :) Karen

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  16. Congrats on the Honourable Mention at ATSM - well deserved, your spring flowers are so pretty! xx

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Come and have a chat with me! I'd love to hear what you think :) Vicky x


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